Phyllis Godwin

About the Artist

Phyllis Godwin is originally from Fir Ridge, Saskatchewan. Her earliest career path was in education and she received her teaching certificate in 1950 from the University of Saskatchewan, in Saskatoon. In 1951 she followed her art interests and attended Murray Point Summer School of Art at Emma Lake. She went on to study  commercialPertaining to making money, i.e., creating art in order to sell it, rather than creating art for purely aesthetic purposes.  art at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, under artists like Illingworth Kerr, receiving her diploma in 1954. While studying there she met Ted Godwin and a year later she and Ted were married.

The couple lived and raised their family in Regina, Saskatchewan, from 1959 to 1985, where Ted taught and painted at the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus. Over their careers they had two sabbaticals to pursue their art work seriously; in Greece (1962-63) and in Ireland (1971-72). They moved back to Calgary, Alberta in 1985 and continue to live and work there. Ted, Phyllis and daughter Teddi Ruth Driediger return to Regina often, where they are represented by the Assiniboia Gallery.

Describing Phyllis Godwin’s work, an unknown author succinctly states,  “Godwin’s work, mostly drawings in  inkLiquid or paste media containing pigment(s) and used for writing, pen and brush drawing, and printing. Writing inks, even blacks, are rarely sufficiently permanent to be used for art purposes. Black drawing ink, known as India ink in the United States, is especially made for use in permanent works. When it dries it is water resistant, enabling it to be gone over with a wash or watercolour. Also available is a water-soluble drawing ink; though otherwise permanent, it is capable of being washed away with water, and may be preferred to water-resistant ink for certain work. Chinese ink is similar to India ink, although various minor ingredients are added to enhance its brilliancy, range of tone, and working qualities. Most colored drawing inks are not permanent; those made with permanent pigments are usually labeled with names of pigment ingredients rather than the names of hues. Printing ink is actually more closely related to paints than to the pen and brush inks. (Artlex.com)  or  graphiteA soft black mineral substance, a form of carbon, available in powder, stick, and other forms. It has a metallic luster and a greasy feel. Compressed with fine clay, it is used in lead pencils (though contemporary lead pencils contain no lead), lubricants, paints, and coatings, among other products. Also called black lead and plumbago. (artlex.com)  on paper, is ethereal, imaginative, and fantastic. Her early drawings were inspired by Aubrey Beardsley, and incorporate  Art NouveauFrench for "The New Art." An international art movement and style of decoration and architecture of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, characterized particularly by the curvilinear depiction of leaves and flowers, often in the form of vines. These might also be described as foliate forms, with sinuous lines, and non-geometric, "whiplash" curves. Gustav Klimt (Austrian, 1862-1918), Alphonse Mucha (Czechoslovakian, 1860-1939), Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1861-1901), Aubrey Beardsley (English, 1872-1898), Antonio Gaudí (Spanish, 1852-1926), and Hector Guimard (French, 1867-1942) were among the most prominent artists associated with this style. The roots of Art Nouveau go back to Romanticism, Symbolism, the English Arts and Crafts Movement and William Morris (English, 1834-1896). In America, it inspired, among others, Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933). The name is derived from "La Maison de l'Art Nouveau," a gallery for interior design that opened in Paris in 1896. Art Nouveau is known in Germany as Jugenstil and in England as Yellow Book Style, and epitomizes what is sometimes called fin de siècle style. It reached the peak of its popularity around 1900, only to be gradually overtaken by art deco and other modernist styles. (Artlex.com)  symbolism. In much of her work she draws upon her Ukrainian and Polish heritage: these images are reminiscent of traditional embroidery-work and Easter egg painting, folk dancers and dolls.” (unknown author, unknown date)


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